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Professional Picture Framers Association

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Professional Picture Framers Association
Formation21 August 1971 (1971-08-21)
Headquarters83 South Street, Unit 307 Freehold, NJ 07728
Official language
Reproductions of antique gilded picture frame mouldings

The Professional Picture Framers Association / PPFA is an international trade organization serving the art and framing community worldwide since 1971. Members include independent frame shop owners and staff, distributors and manufacturers of picture frame mouldings, supplies and equipment, art galleries, artists, and other businesses in the custom picture framing industry.

PPFA connects members to a network of knowledge and support, and offers education, an annual Convention, certification, competitions, marketing and business services, and member benefits.

The association is managed by Monarch Expositions.


  • Incorporated on August 21, 1971[1][2] with offices in Richmond, Virginia established in 1973 [3]
  • The first PRINT Framing Competition was held in Burlingame, CA in 1971
  • The first OPEN Framing Competition was held in New York, NY in 1975
  • Launched the Certified Picture Framer certification program in 1986 [4]
  • Became part of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) in 2001 [5]
  • Launched the Master Certified Picture Framer certification program in 2003 [6]
  • Monarch Exhibitions purchased PPFA in July 2015


PPFA offers two levels of certification:

   Certified Picture Framer (CPF):

Any picture framer who has a minimum of one year of hands-on experience in retail or wholesale picture framing may apply for the certification. A person who passes the written/multiple choice exam, available online and the annual Convention, will receive the designation of Certified Picture Framer (CPF®). Visit the PPFA Website for more information Professional Picture Framers Association

   Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF)

A framer who has been a professional framer for five years, has passed the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Exam, and has taken a Re-certification Course, is eligible to advance and earn the prestigious Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation, by a hands-on examination. Visit the PPFA Website for more information Professional Picture Framers Association

There are currently only about 70 Master Certified Picture Framers in the world.

PPFA offers a Scholarship to Members ready to earn either the CPF or MCPF Designation. Visit the PPFA Bookstore for more information PPFA | Professional Picture Framers Association

Re-certification courses and Continuing Education classes are offered at the Annual Convention.

The designations Certified Picture Framer, CPF and MCPF are all registered trademarks in the United States.[7]


PPFA publishes the Guidelines for Framing Paintings on Canvas; Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper; and Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needleart;  PPFA Comparative Standards for Matboard; PPFA Comparative Guidelines for Glazing; and the PPFA Art and Framing Glossary of Standard Terms.  These publications, and many others as well as PPFA merchandise, are available in the PPFA online store. PPFA | Professional Picture Framers Association

Annual Convention[edit]

The association has an annual convention[8] each January in Las Vegas, Nevada at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo/The National Conference. The event includes the finals of the PPFA international PRINT and OPEN framing competition; PPFA education; certification exams and courses; and special events such as a keynote speaker and welcome reception.

PPFA Framers Corner Online Forum[edit]

PPFA hosts The Framers’ Corner Online forum Framers' Corner where custom framers can network with framers around the world, get technical assistance, share design ideas, get business and marketing tips, and more

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn75082420&docId=ORC20060110194131#docIndex=9&page=1 Registration Certificate
  2. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/What+is+PPFA%3F+Learn+about+this+PMA+member+association,+its+benefits,...-a0158524050">What is PPFA? Learn about this PMA member association, its benefits, and resources
  3. ^ Harris, P. (2001). The Guide to National Professional Certification Programs. Human Resource Development Press. p. 396. ISBN 9780874256321. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  4. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". tsdr.uspto.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  5. ^ 2001 PMA Annual Report
  6. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". tsdr.uspto.gov. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  7. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". tsdr.uspto.gov.
  8. ^ Trade Shows and Professional Exhibits Directory. Gale Research Company. September 24, 1988. ISBN 978-0-8103-2748-1 – via Google Books.

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